Fri 29 August, 2014

10:47 Which cheap tablets are worth buying?» Engadget RSS Feed
A few years ago, tablets were poised to replace laptops as the computing device of choice. That never happened, as we've largely stuck with laptops and phones as our daily drivers, with tablets relegated to a secondary role. If you don't use a tablet...
10:40 Ebola Drug 'ZMapp' Saves Infected Monkeys, Study Shows» LiveScience.com
A cocktail of three antibodies against the Ebola virus has successfully treated 18 infected monkeys, researchers reported today. The new results raise hope for the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
10:40 How Is The Leftovers' Kevin Hangin'? Is Arrow Wild About Warblers? Is Liars Timeline Pretty Crazy? And More TV Qs» TVLine » TVLine
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Doctor Who, Witches of East End, General Hospital and Covert Affairs! 1 | Considering Doctor Who‘s Clara has met every incarnation of the Doctor, why did she have such a hard time […]
10:16 Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies» Slashdot
Nate the greatest writes: Amazon is in a bitter contract fight with Hachette in the U.S. and Bonnier in Germany, and now it seems the retail giant is also in conflict with publishers in Japan. Amazon has launched a new rating system in Japan which gives preference to publishers with larger ebook catalogs (and publishers that pay higher fees), leading to complaints that Amazon is using its market power to blackmail publishers. Where have we heard that complaint before? The retailer is also being boycotted by a handful of Japanese publishers who disagree with Amazon offering a rewards program to students. The retailer gives students 10% of a book's price as points, which can be used to buy more books. This skirts Japanese fixed-price book laws, so several smaller publishers pulled their books from Amazon in protest. Businesses are out to make money and not friends, but Amazon sure is a lightning rod for conflicts, isn't it?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

10:16 How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband» Slashdot
Rick Zeman writes: The Center for Public Integrity has a comprehensive article showing how Big Telecom (aka, AT&T, Comcast, Charter, Time Warner) use lobbyists, paid-for politicians, and lawsuits (both actual and the threat thereof) in their efforts to kill municipal broadband. From the article: "The companies have also used traditional campaign tactics such as newspaper ads, push polls, direct mail and door-to-door canvassing to block municipal networks. And they've tried to undermine the appetite for municipal broadband by paying for research from think tanks and front groups to portray the networks as unreliable and costly."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

10:16 Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far» Slashdot
The Bad Astronomer writes: Astronomers have found a 5.4 Earth-mass planet orbiting the star Gliese 15A, a red dwarf in a binary system just 11.7 light years away (PDF). Other exoplanets candidates have been found that are closer, but they are as yet unconfirmed. This is more evidence that alien planets are common in the galaxy.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

10:14 The Big Picture: a heat map of the 'entire' internet» Engadget RSS Feed
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, though, let's say it's worth millions and millions of internet connections. Thanks to John Matherly, founder of Shodan, a search engine which focuses on helping companies locate...
10:06 'Project Wing': Google Unveils New Drone-Delivery System» LiveScience.com
Move aside, Amazon: Google has revealed its top-secret drone-delivery project, and the first thing they used it for was delivering dog treats.
10:01 NATO: Russia supplying Ukraine rebels tanks» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
NATO chief says Moscow has continued giving pro-Kremlin rebels military aid, including rocket launchers and artillery.
10:00 Chad Michael Murray, Dollhouse Fave Join Cast of Marvel's Agent Carter» TVLine » TVLine
One Tree Hill alum Chad Michael Murray and ever-ubiquitous Whedonverse alum Enver Gjokaj are allying with Marvel’s Agent Carter, in series regular roles on the midseason ABC drama. RELATED Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Scoop: Kyle MacLachlan to Play [Spoiler] As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, onetime Dollhouse resident Gjokaj will play Daniel Sousa, an agent that […]
10:00 San Francisco Art Show Pays Tribute to Stanley Kubrick» Neatorama

Artwork by Dave MacDowell

Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco's upcoming show Kubrick features the work of 67 artists, all inspired by the films of director Stanley Kubrick. The show runs from September 6th to September 27th. Locals or travelers planning to attend can RSVP via Facebook. Further description from the gallery's website reads,

"Spanning a plethora of mediums from sculpture and painting to limited edition prints, the show seeks to honor one of the 20th century’s most significant directors while also reinterpreting his impact in a contemporary context...

All the artists were allowed to select the film of their choosing, there were no guidelines on subject matter or content. Each artist was given free reign to re-interpret and render their take on Kubrick’s entire cinematic collection. Resulting in a variegated display, KUBRICK is an experiment in modernity, a cross-section between film and art."

Via Laughing Squid 

Artwork by Tracie Ching

Artwork by Nicole Gustafsson

Artwork by Robert Wilson

09:55 Journalists: publicly cynical about traffic metrics, privately obsessed with them» Boing Boing
Niemanlab: "all media sites now rely on web analytics to make editorial decisions, but this does not mean that they all use and interpret metrics in similar ways."
09:53 With New 3DS Model, Nintendo Continues to Woo Hardcore Gamers» WIRED
The New Nintendo 3DS, out October 11 in Japan, will have more processing power and more buttons, just the thing for the hardcore gamers Nintendo is now pursuing with gusto.

09:52 Cover for new edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: "creepy, sexualized, inappropriate garbage”» Boing Boing

Commenters on Penguin’s Facebook page have called the cover for new edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ‘creepy,’ ‘sexualized’ and ‘inappropriate garbage.'”

In the New Yorker, Margaret Talbot says pretty much the same thing:

You can imagine what the designers were getting at.

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09:50 IBM's corporate songbook from 1937» Boing Boing

Paint the clouds with sunshine, and worship Thomas Wilson, head and soul of our splendid IBM. Read the rest

09:49 WATCH: Profile of a porn video sound effects creator» Boing Boing

In this short mockumentary, we meet foley artist Grant Meyers, who uses raw meat, toilet plungers, junk food, and his own voice to make sound effects for porn videos.

09:49 Emoji-only messaging app arrives, we can't even» Engadget RSS Feed
09:44 ISIS hostages were waterboarded» Boing Boing
Hostages held in Syria, including recently-executed U.S. journalist James Foley, were waterboarded in captivity, reports The Washington Post. Read the rest
09:34 Arrow's Crazy No. 1 Fan Is... Sam and Dean Winchester's Mom?» TVLine » TVLine
Sam and Dean’s mom has got it goin’ on — and by “it” we mean one killer crush on that Arrow. RELATED Arrow Season 3 Casts Glee Warbler as Felicity’s [Spoiler] Amy Gumenick, who has played Mary Winchester on Supernatural (and recurred on AMC’s TURN), will guest-star on Season 3 of the CW hit as […]
09:30 Bad Titan - A Fistful Of Soul Gems» Neatorama

Bad Titan by Rory Decker

Fresh from the gauntlet wars and ready to terrorize the galaxy, the self proclaimed ruler of Titan is once again busy being a bad boy, disproving the notion that everyone has a bit of goodness in them. What would drive someone so far over the edge of reason? How about a set of gems that give their owner the powers of a God...

Bring the colors of infinity to your geeky wardrobe with this Bad Titan t-shirt by Rory Decker, it won't help you subjugate the universe, but it might make the ruler of Titan take pity on you when he inevitably invades Earth.

Visit Rory Decker's Facebook fan page and official website, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more powerful designs:

TanglesRonin - BIG KanjiBare Knuckle BoxingCaffiend

View more designs by Rory Decker | More Funny T-shirts | New T-Shirts

Are you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama!

09:30 This Bike Doubles As Its Own Bike Lock» Neatorama

(Image: Yerka Project)

On the Yerka bike, you'll never forget to take your bicycle lock with you because it will always ride along. It's built into the bike frame. The down tube splits in two and pivots away from the bike. The seatpost slides into holes drilled into the two pieces of the downtube, forming a lock around a solid object, such as a lamp post.

Juan José Monsalve, one of the designers, explains that the only way to steal the bike is to destroy the frame:

You can break a lock and leave the bike intact, with our system if you break the lock you are breaking the bike, making it useless to ride or steal afterwards.

A very determined thief might do so, but most criminals are more likely to abandon the effort.

(Video Link)

-via Lawrence E. Forbes

09:26 Apple's anticipated wearable reportedly won't ship until 2015» Engadget RSS Feed
With event invites floating around and a whopper of a structure apparently in the works, Apple seems intent on making sure September 9 is a doozy of a day. Alas, it seems like one of the most anticipated parts of the show won't actually hit our...
09:22 Britain raises terror level to 'severe'» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Threat related to developments in Iraq and Syria and PM says he will table measures restricting travel to those places.
09:13 Four found guilty of shooting Rwandan general» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
South Africa court acquits two others over 2010 attempted murder of former general Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa.
09:08 Adorable cluster of fungus gnat larvae crossing the sidewalk» Boing Boing

Cute overload!

09:06 Marijuana, Brujeria» Boing Boing

The only macarena I could handle.

09:03 The Adventures of Sindbad by Gyula Krúdy» Boing Boing

Flattery, lies and attraction seem ever present for Guyla Krúdy's ghostly Sindbad, but is this love? This brilliant collection of stories, translated by George Szirtes, is a melancholy time capsule from the fading Hapsburg empire.

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09:02 Oracle loses bid to restore $1.3 billion SAP verdict, could get new trial» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

File photograph of Oracle Corp headquarters Redwood City(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected Oracle Corp's bid to restore a $1.3 billion jury verdict in its long-running copyright dispute with German software company SAP SE, and said Oracle may choose to either accept a lower amount or face a new trial. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said jurors used "an undue amount of speculation" in awarding $1.3 billion in damages in 2010. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, erred in concluding that the verdict was too high and that Oracle deserved only $272 million of damages, a sum Oracle rejected. Writing for a three-judge 9th Circuit panel, Judge William Fletcher directed Hamilton to offer Oracle a choice of $356.7 million of damages or a second trial.

09:00 Teen Wolf's New Recruit Outlines Brett's Loyalty, Ponders Mason's Crush» TVLine » TVLine
Last week’s Teen Wolf found Scott’s pack taking in — and fighting alongside — loose-cannon Brett Talbot. So is Liam’s former lacrosse rival suddenly to be trusted? RELATED Teen Wolf Cast Howls at Coyote Sex Specifics, Previews New Romance and Evolving Creature Effects “As far as I know, he’s a bad boy with a good heart,” actor Cody Saintgnue tells TVLine. […]
09:00 Chocolate-Faced Little Girl Solemnly Denies Eating Chocolate Doughnut» Neatorama

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The daughter of Mandy Meaux, shown here, has apparently decided that when it comes to consuming chocolate doughnuts, the standard is "deny, deny deny." She stands by her response, in spite of it crumbling all around her as a result of mom's chisel of repeated questioning. Nice try at trying to hide the evidence behind the coffee table, though, kid! Via Viral Viral Videos.

09:00 The Alienware Area-51 gaming rig just got one hell of a redesign» Engadget RSS Feed
After a few years finding itself/getting a heavy-duty industrial makeover, Alienware's well-respected (and, importantly, customizable) desktop gaming PC has returned. The Area-51 isn't small, but it now has a new triangular... hexagonal......
09:00 Back to School 2014: The 8 best digital cameras» Engadget RSS Feed
Whether you're a budding photojournalist or just want to document the semester with something better than a smartphone camera, we've got some great picks for you. Our most affordable recommendation will set you back less than $200, while you'll find...
08:47 Listomania – Over 1,200 fun facts organized by lists» Boing Boing

I’m a sucker for trivia, and Listomania is on my top-ten list of fascinating facts books. As the title reveals, the book is loaded with fun tidbits of information (over 1,200 of them) that are organized by lists.

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08:38 How Stargate inspired a cult following» Boing Boing
The science fiction classic is 20 years old. Lisa Granshaw reports on the franchise's growth and fanbase, and the buzz--and mixed feelings--surrounding its forthcoming big-screen reboot. Read the rest
08:35 Coconuts game has no business being as much fun as it is» Boing Boing
Coconuts is a goofy dexterity game from South Korea that has no business being as much fun as it is. Jon Seagull says its appeal is a testament to the power of great product design. Read the rest
08:32 Adobe Photoshop Mix lets you undo mistakes, nab Dropbox files» Engadget RSS Feed
Adobe's Photoshop Mix offering for Apple's slates arrived a few months back alongside its Ink and Slide drawing tools, and it's not letting the app sit too long before adding new features. The latest version adds an undo/redo option that'll help with...
08:30 How to Cook Squirrel Brains» Neatorama

(Photo: Richard Heyes)

Don't throw away that squirrel head! You're not limited to just flank steak and thigh meat when you have a squirrel. You can also eat the brains. And if you don't know how, don't worry. Larry Woody of the Lebanon Democrat, a newspaper in Tennessee, can show you how. He writes:

When you dress your squirrel, simply skin the head and leave it attached to the body. When you cook the squirrel -- fired, or stewed in dumplings -- include the head.

Once it's cooked, use a knife handle to crack open the skull, like cracking a walnut, and scoop out the brains. Squirrels don't have a large brain -- I'd compare it to the average politician's -- but what little there is, is delicious.

If you've never tried squirrel brains, it's comparable to hog brains.

Yummy! I've never had squirrel brains, but I'd love to try them.

-via Dave Barry

08:20 Updates on Eruptions in Iceland and Rabaul» WIRED
Yesterday we had two eruptions grab everyone’s attention – one from the area that has had everyone’s attention between Iceland’s Bárðarbunga and Askja in the Holuhraun lava field and one unexpected eruption from the Tavurvur cone in the Rabaul Caldera of Papua New Guinea. The Icelandic eruption that everyone has been waiting for ended up being small, lasting […]

08:11 Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans» Slashdot
sciencehabit writes: Our memories are annoyingly glitchy. Names, dates, birthdays, and the locations of car keys fall through the cracks, losses that accelerate at an alarming pace with age and in neurodegenerative diseases. Now, by applying electromagnetic pulses through the skull to carefully targeted brain regions, researchers have found a way to boost memory performance in healthy people. The new study (abstract) sheds light on the neural networks that support memories and may lead to therapies for people with memory deficits, researchers say. Similar studies have been performed using electric current.

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08:11 Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: Caffeine is a staple of most workplaces — it's rare to find an office without a coffee pot or a fridge full of soda. It's necessary (or at least feels like it's necessary) because many workers have a hard time staying awake while sitting at a desk for hours at a time, and the alternative — naps — aren't usually allowed. But new research shows it might be more efficient for employers to encourage brief "coffee naps," which are more effective at returning people to an alert state than either caffeine or naps alone. A "coffee nap" is when you drink a cup of coffee, and then take a sub-20-minute nap immediately afterward. This works because caffeine takes about 20 minutes to get into your bloodstream, and a 20-minute nap clears adenosine from your brain without putting you into deeper stages of sleep. In multiple studies, tired participants who took coffee naps made fewer mistakes in a driving simulator after they awoke than the people who drank coffee without a nap or slept without ingesting caffeine.

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08:10 Ebola spreads to fifth West African country» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Health minister in Senegal confirms first case of deadly virus from student who arrived from Guinea.
08:03 Sprint offers free international WiFi calls for your next overseas jaunt» Engadget RSS Feed
There's just enough time to pop off for a far-flung holiday before summer ends, and Sprint's trying to make calling home from Guangzhou a little easier. The canary-hued carrier announced the other day that it's launching free international WiFi...
08:00 Baby Daddy Casts Days' Matt Cedeno as [Spoiler]'s Sleazy New Man» TVLine » TVLine
Former Days of Our Lives star Matt Cedeno is bringing his Salem swag to the fourth season of ABC Family’s Baby Daddy — but which lucky lady will catch his eye? RELATED Baby Daddy Post Mortem: EP Talks Danny’s Choice, Ben and Riley’s Future Don’t worry, it’s not Riley; she’s already at capacity with Ben and Danny. Cedeno will guest-star on the […]
08:00 How A Demolished Wall Led To The Rediscovery Of An Underground City» Neatorama

People expect to find mold, busted pipes, and a rat or two when they tear down a wall in their home during renovation, but in 1963 a man discovered a strange room behind his wall that, with a little bit of digging, led to an ancient underground city.

The man from the Nevsehir Provence of Turkey discovered a tunnel behind the demolished wall, which he followed underground to discover his home stood atop the ancient Derinyuku underground city- an amazing network of tunnels, ventilation shafts and rooms that stretches 18 stories below ground.

The underground city is estimated to date back to between 15th and 12th century BCE, and is believed to have been used by the Hittites as a hiding place during raids, although it's virtually impossible to discern the city's origin since it's carved from naturally-formed rock.

Derinkuyu is one of the six underground cities of Cappadocia that have been excavated so far, and archaeologists believe there may be hundreds more underground cities in the region waiting to be uncovered and explored.

-Via Sunny Skyz

07:39 Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Friends Reunion Backlash: Aniston Was Not 'Pissed'» TVLine » TVLine
Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night addressed — more, he marveled at — the online backlash elicited by the Jimmy Kimmel Live! sketch in which he invited Jennifer Aniston to participate in a “surprise” Friends reunion, on a recreation of the hit comedy’s set and opposite former costars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow. RELATED Friends‘ “Central […]
07:30 Peter the Elephant Plays the Red Clarinet» Neatorama

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Peter the elephant lives in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Here, he enjoys a clarinet tune from Paul Barton and wants to make some music of his own. Elephant see, elephant do. Who’s going to tell him he can’t? -via Tastefully Offensive 

07:29 XKCD vs hand-wringing about what texting does to kids' literacy» Boing Boing

It's great, and the tooltip's even better: "I'd like to find a corpus of writing writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (eg handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher's 7th grade class every year)--and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. Read the rest

07:29 World's first government-backed digital currency to launch in December» Engadget RSS Feed
It doesn't yet have a name, but Ecuador's new government-backed virtual currency is coming. That's the thrust of a new report from the Associated Press, anyway -- the country's Central Bank is said to be gearing up for a launch sometime in December,...
07:19 This Elderly Gentleman Was Born With His Brain Hemispheres Disconnected. How Did It Affect Him? Barely At All» WIRED
One of the most distinctive physical features of the human brain is the fact that the cortex is divided into two hemispheres. The main connection between the two halves is a thick bundle of fibers called the corpus callosum. This is no quiet lane, it’s a major freeway constituting around 200 million neural tracts. In […]

07:06 The Scientific Secret to Strong Relationships» LiveScience.com
Many people report having happy and healthy lives when they are involved in meaningful relationships. In a new review, two researchers examined how relationships can encourage — or thwart — personal thriving.
07:02 US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: On August 6, U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga ordered the federal government to "explain why the government places U.S. citizens who haven't been convicted of any violent crimes on its no-fly database." Unsurprisingly, the federal government objected to the order, once more claiming that to divulge their no-fly list criteria would expose state secrets and thus pose a national security threat. When the judge said he would read the material privately, the government insisted that reading the material "would not assist the Court in deciding the pending Motion to Dismiss (PDF) because it is not an appropriate means to test the scope of the assertion of the State Secrets privilege." The federal government has until September 7 to comply with the judge's order unless the judge is swayed by the government's objection.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

07:02 Google Testing Drone Delivery System: 'Project Wing'» Slashdot
rtoz writes: Google's research division, Google X, is developing a fleet of drones to deliver goods. This drone delivery system is called "Project Wing," and Google X has been developing it in secret for the past two years. During a recent test in Australia, drones successfully delivered a first aid kit, candy bars, dog treats, and water to a couple of Australian farmers. The self-flying vehicle uses four electrically-driven propellers to get around, and it has a wingspan of about five feet. It weighs just under 19 pounds and can take off and land without a runway. Google's long-term goal is to develop drones that could be used for disaster relief by delivering aid to isolated areas.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

07:00 Doomsday Speeches Were Planned Had Moon Landing or D-Day Failed» Neatorama

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We don't like to think about "what if's". We don't like to imagine moments in history if they had played out any differently. We essentially like the way everything played out, for the most part. But, what we don't stop to realize is that the speeches we heard on days like D-Day and on the successful moon mission are just one draft. There were always two speeches written up for major events. One, that one we were often lucky enough to hear, was the good outcome speech. But a second speech was always prepared for those situations where things could clearly go in any direction. For example, what Nixon was prepared to say had the moon landing not ended well:


Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding."

Sort of insane to think that, but yes, there seemed to be a pretty good chance those guys might die up there, and the President needed to be prepared to handle that. Read more about Doomsday Speeches here.

Just makes you even more grateful for how things played out.

The Atlantic

07:00 Vodafone catches up to the crowd with 4G on pay-as-you-go» Engadget RSS Feed
Coming up to a year since Vodafone switched on its 4G network, the carrier's finally opened those superfast airwaves up to pay-as-you-go customers today. If you already own a compatible handset, all you need is a £20 "Freedom Freebee" top-up --...
06:56 Tesla opening up 400 EV charging stations across 120 Chinese cities» Engadget RSS Feed
There aren't more electric cars because there's no infrastructure, but there's no infrastructure because there's no demand. It's this chicken-and-egg problem that Elon Musk is hoping to end, at least in China, after a signing a deal that'll see Tesla...
06:30 The Flee the British 5K--A Burning of Washington-Themed Footrace» Neatorama

(Photo: Miki J./National Geographic)

As I've mentioned before, last Sunday marked the two hundredth anniversary of the burning of Washington by British troops.

To mark the occasion, some Americans in Washington, D.C. conducted a 3.1-mile race on Sunday. Participants ran from the Congressional Cemetery in pursuit of a woman dressed as Dolley Madison bearing a copy of the Lansdowne portrait of George Washington. Historical reenactors dressed as as British soldiers waited with Mrs. Madison at the finish line.

It's like an inverted marathon.

-via Marilyn Terrell

06:30 'Angry Birds' maker crowns a new CEO as it reaches a crossroads» Engadget RSS Feed
Today Mikael Hed announced he would be stepping down as CEO of Rovio and that former Nokia exec Pekka Rantala would be taking his place in 2015. The developer has quickly gone from being a company that no one had ever heard of to one of the biggest...
06:11 MSN Messenger will finally, definitely be dead in October» Engadget RSS Feed
Microsoft's 15-year-old MSN Messaging service will soon be a part of computer lore. It has been shut down in most places for over a year, but Microsoft kept it running in China where it was still quite popular. However, with the advent of Tencent's...
06:01 Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs» Slashdot
snydeq writes Microsoft has re-released its botched MS14-045/KB 2982791 'Blue Screen 0x50' patch, only to introduce more problems, InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard reports. "Even by Microsoft standards, this month's botched Black Tuesday Windows 7/8/8.1 MS14-045 patch hit a new low. The original patch (KB 2982791) is now officially 'expired' and a completely different patch (KB 2993651) offered in its stead; there are barely documented revelations of new problems with old patches; patches that have disappeared; a 'strong' recommendation to manually uninstall a patch that went out via Automatic Update for several days; and an infuriating official explanation that raises serious doubts about Microsoft's ability to support Windows 9's expected rapid update pace."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

06:01 Kickstarting a life-sized, cardboard fighter-jet cockpit» Boing Boing

It's pretty amazing looking, 1.6m x 1.86m, 0.95m, and accommodates a standard office chair, and works with VR headsets, projectors, or your imagination. Designed for easy breakdown and reassembly, and comes as a PDF (£50) or hardcopy (£300), with lots of customization options, and a kid-sized mini. Read the rest

06:00 Ant Teamwork» Neatorama

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A colony of ants work together to drag dinner back to the nest to share -and possibly store- their find. The ants form chain to get more pulling power. At first I thought this was a sausage (you know how ants are at picnics), but considering the scale, I think it’s a worm or a millipede. The language is not identified, so maybe you could help us out if you recognize it. -via reddit

05:49 Vintage-look industrial lighting» Boing Boing

The Manhattan Project's Delancey Lamp ($56.25) is part of a whole line of industrial-looking, vintage-y lamps with safety cages and beautiful cords; they also sell the cords separately. (via Canopy)

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05:30 11 of the Weirdest Buildings on Earth» Neatorama

No, you're not having vision problems, nor was this image Photoshopped. That's just the way Krzywy Domek (Polish for "crazy house") looks. And that's only one of the eleven totally strange structures we rounded up for our newest Homes and Hues feature.

If you visited Pisa and weren't all that impressed with their Leaning Tower, perhaps you'd prefer the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi, that tilts an impressive 18 degrees -that's four times the tilt of Italy's famous tower!

Or, if you prefer something more artistic, you might want to check out the Crazy House in Vietnam that uses artistic paintings instead of blue prints when it comes to directing the construction of the structure.

If you like these three strange spaces, you won't want to miss the rest of the list: 11 Totally Weird Buildings From Around the World

05:17 Nintendo is making two new versions of its 3DS portable console, arriving in Japan this October» Engadget RSS Feed
Nintendo releases recorded video presentations, known as "Nintendo Direct," pretty often. Usually they're focused on games, or they highlight an upcoming season's game releases. This morning, however, Nintendo revealed two new versions of its wildly...
05:10 Tado hopes to put its smart thermostat in more homes with new retail partner» Engadget RSS Feed
The smart thermostat space is plenty competitive nowadays, and securing an exclusive and high-profile retail partner seems the go-to sales strategy. Over the past few months, we've seen Nest buddy up with npower and Climote rebrand its thermostat for...
05:03 Rubber DSLR camera necklace/USB drive» Boing Boing

This adorable camera necklace is also a 4GB flash drive. It comes in Canon, Nikon, and Sony, and is made from lightweight rubber by Etsy seller Tuesdays and Fridays, who charges $28 for it (the 8GB version is $33). (via Geekymerch)

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05:00 Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On» Neatorama

Only one man could make an album about poverty, drugs, and the Vietnam War sound sexy and soulful. That man was Marvin Gaye, and his vision changed the music industry forever. On the 28th anniversary of his tragic death, let's look back at What's Going On.

In November 1970, Marvin Gaye brought Motown Records president Berry Gordy a new song he’d just recorded called “What’s Going On.” Gordy was thrilled. It had been more than a year since Gaye had released his last big hit, “That’s the Way Love Is,” and the singer had been going through a rough patch. During the 1960s, Gaye had achieved great success as a suave song-and-dance man. But in 1967, his singing partner, Tammi Terrell, was diagnosed with a brain tumor after collapsing into his arms on stage. After several unsuccessful surgeries, she died on March 16, 1970, and Gaye was inconsolable. On top of that, he was in trouble with the IRS, his marriage was falling apart, and his only brother was fighting in Vietnam.

Tired of churning out peppy love songs, Gaye co-wrote “What’s Going On” with the hope of taking his music in a new direction. He wanted, in his words, to “touch the souls of people everywhere.” When his boss, Berry Gordy, listened to the new recording, his excitement turned to horror. The song was more than a soulful change of pace; it was a lament depicting the sorrow and futility of the Vietnam War. Over a bed of heavy percussion, street-corner jive, and mellow strings, Gaye sang, “Mother, mother, there’s too many of you crying / Brother, brother, brother, there’s far too many of you dying.” The sound and lyrics clashed with Motown’s upbeat attitude, and a startled Gordy knocked it as “the worst record [he’d] ever heard.”

Gaye didn’t flinch. He believed in his music, and he gave Gordy an ultimatum: Release the single, or he’d walk from Motown. After a four-month stalemate, Gordy agreed to put out the song, even though he was sure it would flop.

It didn’t.

05:00 The 32 Worst Possible Ideas for Disney / Pixar Sequels» Cracked: All Posts
By CRACKED Readers  Published: August 29th, 2014  The Disney/Pixar partnership has created an empire of amazing stories and epic cuteness. But every empire has to fall, doesn't it? We asked our readers to show us what happens when this behemoth starts whiffing majorly. The winner is below, but first
05:00 It's Time to Retire 'Doctor Who'» Cracked: All Posts
By Soren Bowie  Published: August 29th, 2014 
05:00 7 Adventures I Had as the World's Biggest Pot Smuggler» Cracked: All Posts
By Robert Evans  Published: August 29th, 2014  Nowadays, America grows her own weed, and The Man eases up more and more on the pot industry every year. Last week we got the lowdown on the strange and sometimes dangerous world of legal marijuana in 2014, but if you want to know how we got here, yo
05:00 6 Bizarre Signs That Hollywood Is Stuck in a 10-Year Loop» Cracked: All Posts
By David Christopher Bell  Published: August 29th, 2014  If you're one of those people who are worried that Hollywood has run out of ideas, fear not! We've diagrammed the next 10 years of movies for you, to demonstrate that the bigwigs out in Tinseltown are nowhere close to the bottom of their creative wel
05:00 5 Deranged Authors Who Wrote the Same Book Over and Over» Cracked: All Posts
By Seanbaby  Published: August 29th, 2014  Creeping along the walls of my home is an ever-expanding library of books by and for the deranged. I don't want to terrify you, but I know every secret of the ninja, and my section on metaphysical breast augmentation is far more than any one sexy man
04:57 Keurig's K-Cup coffee DRM cracked» Boing Boing

When they unveiled the stupid idea of locking out competitors' coffee-pods, I predicted this would happen, and I still wonder if Keurig will be dumb enough to bring a test-case that makes some good law; after all, they are a good candidate for Battle Station Most Likely to Have a Convenient Thermal Exhaust Port. Read the rest

04:57 Nokia's Here Maps is coming to Android as a Samsung exclusive» Engadget RSS Feed
Relations between Google and Samsung are already a little tense, but the Korean smartphone maker may just have elevated those frustrations a little further. Extending its existing deal to provide mapping data on Samsung's Tizen wearables, Nokia (the...
04:49 Malaysia Airlines cuts 6,000 jobs in overhaul» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Hit by double passenger jet disasters in a year, airline also delists from stock exchange as it seeks to revive brand.
04:36 Get strangers to deliver the bad news with 'Somebody' messaging app» Engadget RSS Feed
If you've ever sat back, stared into the sky and wonder would happen if WhatsApp was taken over by a singing telegram service, then boy, today is your lucky day. Film director and artist Miranda July has teamed up with Prada sub-brand Miu Miu (nope,...
04:20 Colombia grants gay couples adoption rights» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Court grants limited adoption rights to gay and lesbian couples, setting a precedent for similar cases in the country.
04:00 Orkoman - It's A Scarf, It's A Hat, It's A Pint Sized Wizard!» Neatorama

Orkoman by Platinum Bastard

The kingdom was plagued by a thief, who was going around stealing precious artifacts, but the crimes didn't involve magic or might so Prince Adam refused to transform into his He-roic alter ego and handle business. The task of nabbing the thief fell upon the tiny shoulders of one guy with plenty of time on his hands, and a rudimentary grasp of the magical arts, one little guy who was more hat and scarf than man- Orko. With a super power spell, and some inflatable muscles, Orko transformed himself into a force for good, and began trying to catch the thief red handed...

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04:00 Professor to Students: Don't Email Me!» Neatorama

Pictured above is a screenshot from a course syllabus produced by Dr. Spring-Serenity Duvall, a professor of media and gender studies at Salem College in North Carolina. During the Spring semster of 2014, she prohibited students from emailing her unless they were requesting an appointment to speak with her face-to-face.

Dr. Duvall is no Luddite. She's simply tired of students asking her questions that she already answered in class or in the syllabus, or addressing her in an overly familiar manner. She explains what she changed:

In a fit of self-preservation, I decided: no more. This is where I make my stand! In my senior-level gender and media course, I instituted a no-email policy and (here’s the hard part) stuck to it religiously. I explained to my students that there were a few very solid reasons for this policy:

1. They needed to read and know the syllabus and pay attention in class, rather than use email as a crutch to ask superficial questions. Taking these small yet seemingly impossible steps would make them more aware and engaged in the class.

2. Reading assignment instructions carefully and asking questions about the assignments in class or in office hours would force them to begin working on papers early, thus eliminating last-minute emails about instructions.

3. More of our conversations would take place in person – whether in my office or in class – rather than via email, thus allowing us to get to know each other better and fostering a more collegial atmosphere.

Did it work? Yes!

I am happy to report it was an unqualified success. It’s difficult to convey just how wonderful it was for students to stop by office hours more often, to ask questions about assignments in the class periods leading up to due dates, and to have students rise to the expectation that they know the syllabus. Their papers were better, they were more prepared for class time than I’ve ever experienced.

It is also difficult to tally the time I saved by not answering hundreds of brief, inconsequential emails throughout the semester. I can say that the difference in my inbox traffic was noticeable and welcome.

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In an interview, Dr. Duvall explains that, like many professors, she suffers from "syllabus creep." That's "where the syllabus just gets longer and longer and you try to account for everything." The longer a syllabus gets, the less likely a student is to read the whole thing.

And course syllabi are getting a lot longer. Slate's Rebecca Shuman offers an explanation of why syllabi are now often 20 or more pages long:

First, the helicopter generation—raised on both suffocating parental pressure and the teach-to-the-test mandates of No Child Left Behind—started coming to college. Everyone needed A’s, and everyone needed to know exactly what needed to be done to get one. When that wasn’t abundantly clear, that made schools vulnerable to lawsuits.

Second, syllabi went from print to online, thus freeing the entire professoriate to capitulate to the aforementioned demands for everything from grading rubrics to the day-by-day breakdown of late assignment policies, without worrying about sacrificing trees or intimidating the class with a first-day handout they could barely lift, much less peruse in a mere 75 minutes.

Third, the skyrocketing percentage of hired-gun adjuncts—as opposed to tenure-track faculty, who have both a modicum of security and a minuscule say in university governance—meant that a substantial number of instructors were taking on courses a matter of weeks (sometimes days) before they began. Thus, they relied heavily on extensive syllabi already in existence.

03:57 Gunmen target minority sect in Pakistan» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
At least six people from the Zikri community shot dead at a shrine in Awaran district in the south of the country.
03:55 Pakistan army intervenes in political crisis» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Military to act as "guarantor" as politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri continue to call for PM's resignation.
03:43 Pop Culture’s 6 Biggest Losers This Summer, From Godzilla to TV Execs» WIRED
Yesterday, we sang the praises of the Big Winners of the summer. But for every person, movie, etc. that comes out of the season smelling like awesomesauce, there are bound to be even more who, well, stink. Sometimes they fail of their own accord, sometimes they are failed by their audience. Either way, they just didn't have the goods. Here are a few of the summer's biggest disappointments.

03:43 MIT and Marriott Are Testing a Matchmaking Table Fed by LinkedIn Data» WIRED
How do we curate those experiences and connect people with like interests? With a LinkedIn-connected table, of course.

03:43 This Is How You Have to Ship Bugatti’s $3M Supercar» WIRED
When you drop $3 million on a special-edition Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, you want everything to be perfect. That's why, before it leaves the factory, Bugatti wraps the car more carefully than royal nurses swaddle the future King George.

03:43 How to Use OS X Yosemite’s Best New Messages Features» WIRED
For those who’ve just started using the beta, or are just anticipating its launch later this year, we’ve got some tips on how to best take advantage of the redesigned OS and its many new features. In this edition, we take on the new features in Messages.

03:43 Turns Out Wolves’ Yawns Are Contagious, Too» WIRED
In the yawns of wolves, scientists have found a hint of emotional depths once thought restricted to humans and our closest ancestors. Contagious yawning — the tendency to involuntarily follow suit when seeing another person yawn — is thought to be linked to empathy, drawing on some of the same cognitive mechanisms that underlie our ability to share the feelings of others. According to a new study, wolves yawn contagiously, too.

03:43 A Massive Installation That Makes This Building Change Colors» WIRED
Driving past the parking garage at Eskanazi Hospital in Indianapolis, however, is akin to visiting an abstract art museum.

03:43 Uber’s Biggest Danger Is Its Business Model, Not Bad PR» WIRED
The real peril to Uber isn't bad PR. It's what the costs of recruiting drivers, both in terms of money and a blemished brand, says about Uber's business model compared to those of traditional software companies. More drivers don't equal more value added. They simply equal staying alive.

03:43 This Week’s Apple Rumors, Ranked From Dumbest to Most Plausible» WIRED
Could Apple debut its new wearable at the company's September 9 event?

03:43 This Man Is on a Mission to Turn NYC Into a Tech Magnet» WIRED
Inside the plan to lure more top engineers to the Big Apple.

03:43 Absurd Creature of the Week: The 100-Foot Sea Critter That Deploys a Net of Death» WIRED
These are the siphonophores, some 180 known species of gelatinous strings that can grow to 100 feet long, making them some of the longest critters on the planet. But instead of growing as a single body like virtually every other animal, siphonophores clone themselves thousands of times over into half a dozen different types of specialized cloned bodies, all strung together to work as a team---a very deadly team at that.

03:43 US researching implants that'll help your body and mind heal itself» Engadget RSS Feed
America's mad science division is at it again, this time imagining a future where your body won't need (as much) medicine to stay healthy, simply by using the resources it already has. Put simply, a person's peripheral nervous system runs the...
03:00 Motherless Mountain Lion Cub Found in Washington State» Neatorama

This male mountain lion cub was found dehydrated and malnourished by a resident of Spokane, Washington. At the time, he was just three weeks old. Washington state fish and wildlife authorities conducted a fruitless search for the cub's parents. When no trace of his mother could be found, the cub was taken to Mount Spokane Veterinary Hospital, whose staff looked for accredited facilities to house the cub after he regained his health. Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Madonna Luers said,

"You just don’t rehabilitate an apex predator that’s become fixed on people, and release it back into the wild. The odds that it would eventually have contact with people or pets are too high.”

Zoo America has become the cub's new home and will help give him the nutrients and attention necessary to grow up healthy and adjusted. The as-yet-unnamed cub is said do be thriving.  

Read more and see additional pictures here.

Images Credit: Zoo America 

02:54 UN says Syria refugees top three million mark» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Refugee agency says civil war has forced more than three million to flee, an increase of one million in last year alone.
02:51 Oculus Rift turns rollercoaster ride into a virtual shooter» Engadget RSS Feed
Some researchers study carbon nanotubes -- and then there are these guys. Thomas Wagner and his students from Kaiserslautern University in Germany took an Oculus Rift headset onto a real rollercoaster to transform it into an virtual experience....
02:50 For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"» Slashdot
Zothecula writes No one with red blood in their veins buys a sports car and hands the keys to a chauffeur, so one of the barriers to truly personal submarining has long been the need for a trained pilot, not to mention the massive logistics involved in transporting, garaging and launching the underwater craft ... until now. Pioneering underwater aviation company DeepFlight is set to show an entirely new type of personal submarine at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show next week, launching the personal submarine era with a submersible that's reportedly so easy to pilot that it's likely to create a new niche in the tourism and rental market.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

02:00 A French Fry Bed for Supersizing Your Naps» Neatorama

Would you like to lie down in a warm, greasy carton of fresh French fries? Of course you would! They're the ultimate comfort food and now, thanks to designer Cecilia Carey, the ultimate bed. Her Supersize Bed, despite its name, is actually available to fit any mattress size. It neatly mimics the colors and shapes of a McDonald's French fry container.

If you want it to smell like one, too, then you'll have to make some modifications.

Carey made it in collaboration with Harry Parr. He's a food artist who we've already seen building with Jell-O and cooking with lava.

-via Foodiggity

01:52 Chrome update lets you share your browser, not your history» Engadget RSS Feed
If you typically share your computer and your browser with a sibling, a roomie or a friend who has no respect for your privacy, this latest Google Chrome beta update might make things easier for you. It comes with a pull-down menu that lets you...
01:48 Apple working with NXP for pay-by-touch technology in new iPhone: FT» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in Tokyo(Reuters) - Apple Inc is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV to add secure near-field communications (NFC) technology into the next iPhone, which would enable smartphone users to pay by touch, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with Apple's plans. NXP will provide the secure near-field communications chips that will allow an iPhone to connect with payment terminals or ticketing systems, the daily reported. Apple has invited media to a "special event" in its hometown of Cupertino, California on Sept. 9, when the iPhone maker is expected to unveil the latest versions of its best-selling smartphones.

01:48 How the World's Fastest Electric Car Is Pushing Wireless Charging Tech» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes With the first ever season of Formula E revving up in China next month, it's clear there's more to electric cars than Tesla. But the race cars hitting the track in Beijing don't have anything on the speed of Drayson Racing Technology's Lola B12 69/EV, which holds the record for the world's fastest lightweight electric car, and which uses the kind of power technologies that could one day have applications off the track too—like charging your phone wirelessly.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

01:48 Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court» Slashdot
angry tapir writes The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, a government funded watchdog organization, is taking Valve to court. The court action relates to Valve's Steam distribution service. According to ACCC allegations, Valve misled Australian consumers about their rights under Australian law by saying that customers were not entitled to refunds for games under any circumstances.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

01:42 Academic recovered from Pakistani Taliban» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of university in Peshawar, had been kidnapped on his way to work and held for four years.
01:40 China's Tencent shuts messaging accounts after censorship rules-state media» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

A picture illustration shows a WeChat app icon in BeijingChina's Tencent Holdings Ltd has suspended more than 300 accounts on its WeChat mobile messaging app and banned around 40 others as government restrictions on spreading political news online take effect, state media said on Friday. Earlier this month, China imposed new rules on what kind of information can be spread via instant messaging apps as well as restrictions on accounts which can broadcast news to large numbers of followers. Of the 357 accounts closed down by Tencent as of August 25, 46 were permanently banned while the rest were suspended, the official Xinhua news agency said on its microblog.

01:00 Cat and Toddler Chase Red Dot» Neatorama

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Need any more proof that the laser pointer is the best toy ever? We’ve seen all kinds of animals chase after the red dot, but in this case, a cat and a child compete to see who catches it first. Instant entertainment for Mom and Dad! -via Tastefully Offensive

00:21 Militants use off-the-shelf drones for surveillance and propaganda» Engadget RSS Feed
Video footage has emerged showing that ISIS militants deployed a $500 consumer drone to spy on a crucial Syrian airfield, which they eventually seized. Taken by a DJI Phantom FC40 drone, the video was spotted on YouTube (and pulled, since it also...
00:00 Top Ten Films That Should Have Been Good, But Weren't» Neatorama

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We all know the feeling. We see a great trailer and get ourselves all amped up for a movie. We wait months until it comes out, we rush out to see it, and it just does not live up to the hype. It is a crappy feeling, but it happens. Trailers seem to be better than most movies lately, and they ruin so much of the movie it is like you don't even need to see it if you've seen and enjoyed the trailer. But the fact of the matter is, even the movies that seem like they are going to turn out awesome can sometimes be duds. Thankfully, some websites know this and see these films and then assemble a list of said films to warn us.

Though I am fully aware some of the movies they name on this list may anger some people (as some of these films have big fan bases), that seemed an even better reason to post it. Sometimes, the most interesting internet articles are the ones that you don't always agree with. Anyway, check out the list here and see if you agree with the choices on it. It may be a little old, and it may be a little instigatory, but isn't that half the fun of the web?

We think so.


Thu 28 August, 2014

23:29 Suicide is Not 'Unavoidable' (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
Despite persistent cultural misconceptions, nearly half of U.S. adults suffer from a mental illness during their lifetime.
23:15 Three Things You Didn’t Know About the Arachnids That Live on Your Face» LiveScience.com
Demodex mites are microscopic arachnids (relatives of spiders and ticks) that live in and on the skin of mammals – including humans.
23:00 Swans Feeding Fish» Neatorama

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Here's an unexpected event! But I suppose that, in retrospect, it shouldn't be. These two black swans reach into the trough and drop food for their friends, the koi. They're all residents at the Swan Lake Resort in Kenting, Taiwan.

-via Lustik

22:57 Tree Infesting Insects Love the City Heat (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
We can start watching urban ecosystems for problem insects and using that information to stand forewarned about future ecological changes in natural areas.
22:31 Google stops showing who wrote what in its search results» Engadget RSS Feed
Google Authorship is no more. It has lived for only three short years, from the time Mountain View launched it in 2011, displaying people's faces alongside anything they've written on a website tied to their Google+ accounts. Yes, it stopped showing...
22:00 Antler Farms» Neatorama

We told you about the rise of deer as livestock, that are now bred on farms for venison. That’s somewhat equivalent to raising cattle for beef, but it’s not the most lucrative use of specifically-bred deer. Another kind of deer farm breeds deer for their antlers: the bigger, the better.

Hunters give antlers a score by measuring features like the length and spread of the main beams and the number and length of the smaller tines that grow out of them. Out in the wild, a really big buck might score 200 inches, if he’s got a “typical” rack, with the main beams curving out from his forehead and an orderly line of tines pointing towards the sky. On a “non-typical” rack, the main beam might split and split again, and the irregular tines will wind chaotically outward. The largest of these, on wild deer, come in over 300 inches.

The antlers that are being produced on deer farms grow much, much larger. In the past five years, farmers have produced non-typical antlers with scores of more than 500 — even more than 600 — inches. It’s not unusual to find deer with 400-inch racks, while racks in the 200-inch range, which on a wild deer would be amazing, are becoming standard for deer raised on farms. Much as the poultry industry has super-sized chicken breasts to meet humans’ culinary preferences, the deer industry has succeeded in enlarging antlers to meet their aesthetic ones.

So what good are big antlers? Hunters are willing to pay a premium for the opportunity to hunt a deer with a spectacular rack they can show off as a trophy. Hunting preserves buy big-antlered deer to attract big-money hunters. And the practice will continue as long as people are impressed with antlers hanging on someone’s wall. However, the most avid opponents of breeding deer for antlers are other hunters. Read more about antler farms at Modern Farmer. -via Digg   

(Image credit: Miko Maciaszek)

21:46 Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia» Slashdot
Andreas Kolbe writes Wikipedia is well known to have a very large gender imbalance, with survey-based estimates of women contributors ranging from 8.5% to around 16%. This is a more extreme gender imbalance than even that of Reddit, the most male-dominated major social media platform, and it has a palpable effect on Wikipedia content. Moreover, Wikipedia editor survey data indicate that only 1 in 50 respondents is a mother – a good proportion of female contributors are in fact minors, with women in their twenties less likely to contribute to Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation efforts to address this "gender gap" have so far remained fruitless. Wikipedia's demographic pattern stands in marked contrast to female-dominated social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest, where women aged 18 to 34 are particularly strongly represented. It indicates that it isn't lack of time or family commitments that keep women from contributing to Wikipedia – women simply find other sites more attractive. Wikipedia's user interface and its culture of anonymity may be among the factors leading women to spend their online time elsewhere.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

21:27 Loud TV commercials will get quieter starting next June» Engadget RSS Feed
Binging on Mad Men via Netflix or Blu-ray has a few advantages over watching the show when it broadcasts. Namely, not having to sit through commercials that jump higher in volume than anything heard in the halls of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. As...
21:26 China's Wanda, Tencent, Baidu to set up $814 million e-commerce company» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Wang, chairman of Chinese property developer Dalian Wanda Group, sits in a meeting room as he arrives for launch ceremony for Qingdao Oriental Movie MetropolisBy Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Dalian Wanda group and Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Friday they would set up a 5 billion yuan ($814 million) e-commerce joint venture with Baidu Inc , as the firms push into the high-growth e-commerce sector. The joint venture, to be registered in Hong Kong, will be 70 percent owned by privately-held Wanda, while Chinese internet giants Tencent and Baidu will hold 15 percent respectively, Wanda and Tencent said in separate press releases. China is the biggest e-commerce market in the world, with its No. 1 player, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N], transacting more goods than Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc combined.

21:07 What Is Civil Engineering?» LiveScience.com
Civil engineering is the design and construction of public works, such as dams, bridges and other large infrastructure projects.
21:04 Lava Erupts at Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano» LiveScience.com
An eruption started around midnight local time (8 p.m. ET) north of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano.
21:00 Oatmeal Creme Pie Creme Pie» Neatorama

Becky McKay went totally meta with this dish. She started with Little Debbie brand oatmeal creme pies, which are thin, sweet cakes between sugary creme. You can eat an entire box of them in one sitting. Or I can. But Becky resisted temptation and instead used them to make a creme pie creme pie.

For this beauty, she combined 6 Little Debbie pies, 4, tablespoons of butter, 8 ounces of Cool Whip, and 12 ounces of canned vanilla frosting. Delicious!

My suggestion: Becky should next use this entire pie as the filling for a giant Swiss Roll

P.S. Be sure to check out our interview with Becky.

20:56 Google's drone delivery program, unveiled» Boing Boing
For two years, Google has been running secret drone delivery tests with their own UAV prototypes. Over at The Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal has the first look at Google's Project Wing. Read the rest
20:22 Alibaba opens fifth data center for public cloud business» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

A man plays snooker in a hall inside Alibaba's headquarters in HangzhouAlibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Friday it will open a fifth data center in Shenzhen to service AliCloud, the latest sign of its growing investment in the small but potentially lucrative cloud computing business. Established in 2009, AliCloud posted $38 million in revenue during the quarter ending June, a relatively small slice of Alibaba's $2.54 billion in total revenue for the quarter, according to Alibaba's financial disclosures filed ahead of its imminent initial public offering in New York. AliCloud, which has been likened to a budding version of the cloud service run by Alibaba's U.S. AliCloud's new data center will serve "large and small companies, financial institutions and other third parties in southern China," the company said in a statement on Friday.

20:16 Bitcoin’s Earliest Adopter Is Cryonically Freezing His Body To See The Future» WIRED
"He’s always been optimistic about the future," says Hal Finney's wife, Fran. "Every new advance, he embraced it, every new technology. Hal relished life, and he made the most of everything."

20:05 LG is getting out of plasma TVs too, expect an official announcement soon» Engadget RSS Feed
On the B-side of LG's announcement that it will start selling two 4K OLED TVs, is the bad news for plasma. Korean papers Yonhap News and The Korea Times report home entertainment division lead Ha Hyun-hwoi's comments that the company will end...
20:04 UN soldiers seized by rebels in Golan Heights» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
US blames Nusra Front fighters for capture of 43 Fijians serving in UN observer force in Israeli-occupied area.
20:00 Dog Laughs Right Along With Owner» Neatorama

Dogs are amazing creatures. Whereas cats sort of do what they please and often seem like they are sent from some other world to do weird things ad observe how we react to them, dogs just seem like they want to make humans happy. Also, sometimes, it seems like dogs want to partake in some of that happiness with us. That takes us to our most recent dog video, which is quite unlike any other dog video out there. Though the title of this article gives it away, you just need to see this for yourself:

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What can you even say about that? The girl is laughing, so the dog laughs harder, which in turn makes the girl laugh harder, which in turn makes the dog laugh harder. It may only be seven seconds long, but that seven seconds still manages to be both epic and hilarious. Oh, and adorable. Sorry, but a dog that sits like a human and laughs like a human is adorable. I wish I knew such a dog. I would invite him or her to all my parties.

19:49 Defiance Season 2 Finale Recap: Raiders of the Lost Ark-Brain» TVLine » TVLine
On the off chance that Syfy’s Defiance is not picked up for a third season, fans of the series should at least feel a greater sense of closure than, say, poor Longmire viewers. Because the Season 2 finale that aired on Thursday night did much heavy lifting across two episodes, ultimately leaving not too many […]
19:41 Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure» Slashdot
schwit1 writes An investigation into the recent failed Soyuz launch of the EU's Galileo satellites has found that the Russian Fregat upper stage fired correctly, but its software was programmed for the wrong orbit. From the article: "The failure of the European Union’s Galileo satellites to reach their intended orbital position was likely caused by software errors in the Fregat-MT rocket’s upper-stage, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported Thursday. 'The nonstandard operation of the integrated management system was likely caused by an error in the embedded software. As a result, the upper stage received an incorrect flight assignment, and, operating in full accordance with the embedded software, it has delivered the units to the wrong destination,' an unnamed source from Russian space Agency Roscosmos was quoted as saying by the newspaper."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

19:35 Big Brother Recap: Same Old, Same Old» TVLine » TVLine
Well, here we are again, Big Brother fans. Just two weeks ago, Donny and Nicole were sitting next to each other on the block, ensuring that one of this season’s sweet-as-pie contestants would be evicted. This time around, the set-up was exactly the same — only the results were different. But before we get into Donny’s inevitable exit, […]
19:00 Sushi Restauranteur Teaches the Proper Way to Eat Sushi» Neatorama

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Sushi restauranteur and chef Naomichi Yasuda, who founded Sushi Yasuda in midtown Manhattan before returning to Tokyo to open another restaurant, is a big name in sushi. Here he explains his version of the proper way to eat sushi. Although some of his suggestions might seem to have little impact, the delicate flavors of sushi can be easily altered with the strong tastes of soy, wasabi and ginger. And I thought the only rule about how to eat sushi was "often." What do you think? Via Viral Viral Videos.

18:51 LCD Soundsystem's frontman is transforming tennis data into tunes» Engadget RSS Feed
LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy has dabbled in some weird stuff since the group split up three years ago, so the news that he's now working with IBM to convert the back-and-forth cadence of tennis matches at the US Open into music... isn't really a...
18:32 The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes with this Ars piece about the executive order that is the legal basis for the U.S. government's mass spying on citizens. One thing sits at the heart of what many consider a surveillance state within the US today. The problem does not begin with political systems that discourage transparency or technologies that can intercept everyday communications without notice. Like everything else in Washington, there's a legal basis for what many believe is extreme government overreach—in this case, it's Executive Order 12333, issued in 1981. “12333 is used to target foreigners abroad, and collection happens outside the US," whistleblower John Tye, a former State Department official, told Ars recently. "My complaint is not that they’re using it to target Americans, my complaint is that the volume of incidental collection on US persons is unconstitutional.” The document, known in government circles as "twelve triple three," gives incredible leeway to intelligence agencies sweeping up vast quantities of Americans' data. That data ranges from e-mail content to Facebook messages, from Skype chats to practically anything that passes over the Internet on an incidental basis. In other words, EO 12333 protects the tangential collection of Americans' data even when Americans aren't specifically targeted—otherwise it would be forbidden under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978.

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18:32 State of the GitHub: Chris Kelly Does the Numbers» Slashdot
I talked with Chris Kelly of GitHub at last week's LinuxCon about GitHub. He's got interesting things to say about the demographics and language choices on what has become in short order (just six years) one of the largest repositories of code in the world, and one with an increasingly sophisticated front-end, and several million users. Not all of the code on GitHub is open source, but the majority is -- handy, when that means an account is free as in beer, too. (And if you're reading on the beta or otherwise can't view the video below, here's the alternative video link.)

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18:32 IBM Opens Up Its Watson Supercomputer To Researchers» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes IBM has announced the "Watson Discovery Advisor" a cloud-based tool that will let researchers comb through massive troves of data, looking for insights and connections. The company says it's a major expansion in capabilities for the Watson Group, which IBM seeded with a $1 billion investment. "Scientific discovery takes us to a different level as a learning system," said Steve Gold, vice president of the Watson Group. "Watson can provide insights into the information independent of the question. The ability to connect the dots opens up a new world of possibilities."

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18:29 Impressive New Eruption Started at Tavurvur in the Rabaul Caldera, Papua New Guinea» WIRED
If the eruption in Iceland isn’t enough, a new eruption started today at the Tavurvur cone within the Rabaul Caldera. The images from the eruption show an impressive lava fountain and ash plume from the cone producing ash that could disrupt flights across the region. Ash has fallen across much of the area, destroying crops […]

18:19 Not Cool: ALS Association files trademark for Ice Bucket Challenge, but didn't create campaign» Boing Boing
Now that 2014's biggest viral charity campaign has poured nearly $100 million into the ALS Association, greed is setting in. Read the rest
18:17 JPMorgan Chase hacked, FBI investigating suspected Russia link» Boing Boing


The networks of JPMorgan Chase and "at least four other financial institutions" were recently hacked in a series of coordinated attacks, according to a federal source quoted by USA Today. "Investigators believe Russian hackers were the source of the attacks." The big question: were the attacks retaliation for US sanctions against Russia.

18:17 James Foley's last letter to his family» Boing Boing
James Foley

It ends, "Grammy, please take your medicine, take walks and keep dancing. I plan to take you out to Margarita’s when I get home. Stay strong because I am going to need your help to reclaim my life." (more…)

18:13 Eruption Started Between Barðarbunga and Askja in Iceland» WIRED
It appears that an eruption has begun in the region between Bárðarbunga and Askja, close to the northernmost point of the earthquake swarm that begun almost 2 weeks ago. This would put it within the Askja fissure zone in part called the Holuhraun Lava Field – the same place where cracks were spotted in the land surface […]

18:00 Rocket~ - Guardian Gaming At Its Cutest» Neatorama

Rocket~ by Jolly Nihilist

He's the talk of the mammalian town, the little furry guardian who packs a rocket powered punch, and now he's about to get his own video game release on....Super Nintendo? Wait, that can't be right, that console hasn't been available for years! Maybe they're doing that whole throwback thing...

Guard your wardrobe against the forces of bad fashion with this Rocket~ t-shirt by Jolly Nihilist, and share your love of cool comic book characters with the galaxy!

Visit Jolly Nihilist's Facebook fan page, official website, Twitter and Tumblr, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more mighty cool designs:

Tuxedo KamenCustom Culture HaunterSailor VitruvianRonan The Piemaker

View more designs by Jolly Nihilist | More Funny T-shirts | New T-Shirts

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18:00 This Stereo Comes with Two Sub-Woofers» Neatorama

And the base really stands tall. Bark up the volume.

-via Tastefully Offensive | Photo: Teckelwereld

17:35 Hysteria - new psychological thriller from Shaun Cassidy starring Mena Suvari» Boing Boing

The pilot for the new Amazon series Hysteria looks good and creepy. It's about an epidemic that seems to be transmitted via social media.

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17:00 Batman Spotted in Chiba Prefecture, Japan» Neatorama

(YouTube link)

The Caped Crusader, or an awesome facsimile, was spotted this week breezing down the highway on a three-wheeled Batcycle in Chiba Prefecture in Japan this week. The cosplayer, nicknamed “Chibatman,” was photographed by quite a few people who all had to post images on social media.

He appears to wear a very faithful version of the costume from The Dark Knight. See more pictures of Chibatman at The Daily Dot.

16:56 Google Reveals ‘Project Wing,’ Its Two-Year Effort to Build Delivery Drones» WIRED
Google X, the tech giant's "moonshot" lab, has spent the last two years building an aerial drone that can deliver goods across the country. The company calls the effort Project Wing.

16:47 Arrow Season 3 Casts Glee Alum as Felicity's [Spoiler]» TVLine » TVLine
Ray Palmer is not the only new face in Felicity Smoak’s life. Arrow has tapped Awkward and Glee alum Nolan Funk to play Felicity’s ex-beau in Season 3, TVLine has learned. RELATED Arrow Recasts Oliver’s Blade-Wielding Season 3 Mentor The actor will guest-star in Episode 5, aka the “Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak” hour, as […]
16:39 Why do you sabotage yourself when trying to break bad habits?» Boing Boing
16:39 Wind Power Has Soared, But is It About to Crash? (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
The U.S. wind power industry is booming, but a new report suggests it could be about to collapse.
16:32 Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'» Slashdot
merbs (2708203) writes Across drought-stricken California, farmers are desperate for water. Now, many of them are calling dowsers. These "water witches," draped in dubious pseudoscience or self-assembled mythologies—or both—typically use divining rods and some sort of practiced intuition to "find" water. The professional variety do so for a fee. And business is booming. They're just part of a storied tradition of pseudoscientific hucksters exploiting our thirst for water, with everything from cloudbusters to rainmachines to New Age rituals.

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16:32 Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes "A recent survey of scientific education and attitudes showed the Canadian population to have the highest level of scientific literacy in the world, as well as the fewest reservations about the direction of scientific progress (full report). A key factor is a high level of scientific knowledge among the general population (despite comparatively low numbers of people employed in STEM fields). Another is a higher level of comfort with choosing rationality over religious belief — only 25% of Canadians surveyed agreed with the statement "We depend too much on science and not enough on faith", as opposed to 55% in the U.S. and 38% in the E.U. I also wonder if the vaunted Canadian healthcare system plays a role. When advances in medical science are something you automatically expect to benefit from personally if you need them, they look a lot better than when you have to scramble just to cover your bills for what we have now."

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16:32 Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO» Slashdot
darthcamaro (735685) writes Since November of 2001, Brian Stevens has been the CTO of Red Hat. As of August 28, that's no longer the case. Under Stevens' tenure, Red Hat transformed its business, adding Red Hat Enterprise Linux, acquiring JBoss, Qumranet, Gluster and Ceph as well as joining (and now leading) the OpenStack Foundation. So why did he leave? No official word, but apparently it is to pursue a new opportunity that Stevens just could not pass up.

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16:27 How To Swim, an instructional manual from 1587» Boing Boing

Public Domain Review has scans from "Illustrations from Everard Digby’s De Arte Natandi (The Art of Swimming) published in 1587, considered the first English treatise on the practice." Here's the complete set.

16:24 Fargo Breakout Allison Tolman Headed to Mindy Project for Arc? You Betcha!» TVLine » TVLine
Fargo‘s Allison Tolman is bound for somewhere far more desolate and dangerous than frigid Bemidji: the Manhattan dating scene. The Emmy nominee has nabbed a guest-starring role on Fox’s The Mindy Project, TV Guide Magazine reports, where her character will go on a terrible blind date with Peter. RELATED Mindy Casts Shonda Rhimes — Yes, Shonda Rhimes — to Play [Spoiler] […]
16:22 1 in 10 Packaged Foods Has Trans Fat » LiveScience.com
People may be consuming higher amounts of potentially harmful trans fat than they think, as a result of misleading food labels, according to a new study.
16:16 Simple cigar box guitar kit» Boing Boing

C.B. Gitty's "Pure & Simple" cigar box kit sounds and looks great. It's easy to make, and uses a unique bridge that goes around the neck to press against the cigar box to make it nice and loud. Only $60!

16:00 Amazon.com Customer Has Hilarious Conversation with Representative» Neatorama

Redditor UranusExplorer needed a book for his students. He ordered it through Amazon. Although Amazon gave an online notification showing that it was delivered, UranusExplorer had not received it. So he logged into Amazon's help chat.

The customer service representative who answered was none other than Thor, the Norse god of thunder and strength. This was fortuitous, for it turned out that UranusExplorer was his father, Odin. They conducted an in-character conversation about this failed delivery of the sacred book. You can read a larger version here.

-via Daily of the Day

15:49 The trippy GIFs of Zolloc» Boing Boing


Hayden Zezula, designer and animator based in Austin, creates graceful and immersive worlds within the limitations of the animated GIF. Read the rest

15:27 Rubber finger tip» Boing Boing

I have been using a rubber finger tip for about 4 months, 5 times a week, 2-3 times/day for approximately 5 minutes a session.

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15:00 Kiba the Cosplaying Corgi» Neatorama

Link from The Legend of Zelda

Kiba is not the typical stay-at-home dog. He's a therapy dog and a service dog to his human caregiver. But he's not all work. Kiba is also a geek with a passion for cosplay. His Facebook page is filled with pictures of him at cons. Some of the best show him alongside humans who are cosplaying the same character.

Desmond Miles from Assassin's Creed

Mario from Super Mario Bros.

Yoda from Star Wars

Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

-via Fashionably Geek

14:53 Science Graphic of the Week: Where We Should and Shouldn’t Build Roads in the Future» WIRED
Humans are going to pave over 15 million miles of new roads in the next 35 years. This map shows where those roads should and should not go.

14:53 Tourists Visiting Florida Hospital For Medical Treatment | Video» LiveScience.com
UF Health Cancer Center's treatment for lymphedema has been described as "life-changing". Patients are flying down to the Orlando Hospital from all over the country for the procedure.
14:24 State of the GitHub: Chris Kelly Does the Numbers» Slashdot
I talked with Chris Kelly of GitHub at last week's LinuxCon about GitHub. He's got interesting things to say about the demographics and language choices on what has become in short order (just six years) one of the largest repositories of code in the world, and one with an increasingly sophisticated front-end, and several million users. Not all of the code on GitHub is open source, but the majority is -- handy, when that means an account is free as in beer, too. (And if you're reading on the beta or otherwise can't view the video below, here's the alternative video link.)

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14:24 No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand» Slashdot
New submitter willoremus writes A wounded Army vet had his $75k prosthetic hand bricked when someone stole his iPod Touch? Yeah, not so much. I'm a tech reporter for Slate.com, and a Slashdot post earlier this week prompted me to look into this story and ultimately debunk some of the key info. Sorry for self-posting, but I thought folks here might be interested in the truth since the false story was one of the top posts earlier this week.

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14:24 Judge Lucy Koh Rejects Apple's Quest For Anti-Samsung Injunction» Slashdot
The Associated Press, in a story carried by The Financial Express, reports that Federal Judge Lucy Koh has has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung's infringements on technology used in the trend-setting iPhone. The amount was well below the $2.2 billion in damages that Apple had been seeking in the latest round of legal wrangling between the world's two leading smartphone makers since the tussle began four years ago. The Register also carries the story, and notes Perhaps because the ongoing battle was turning the two companies into law firms rather than tech titans, the two agreed to abandon all patent lawsuits outside the USA earlier this month. However, Apple still wanted the infringing features extirpated from American stores, and was seeking to have phones nobody bought banned as ammo for future battles.

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14:16 Search terms that make me question what’s going on in your life.» The Bloggess
Every so often I look at the things people were searching for on the internet that brought them to this blog.  Then I shake my head at humanity.  Then I copy the least offensive but most baffling searches and share them … Continue reading
14:11 20 Corals Added to Endangered Species List» LiveScience.com
A tenfold increase in protected coral species was announced Wednesday, with 20 new corals added to the threatened species list.
14:07 Will Apple Kill Off the Credit Card Like It Did the Compact Disc?» WIRED
Amidst the hype about Apple’s announcements this fall are the reports about its plans to launch a mobile wallet. The prevailing sentiment in the media is what Apple has planned is game-changing and will finally move mobile wallets towards mass adoption. A significant factor in this view is that Apple is actively getting the entrenched […]

14:00 Library Cake: Literature Has Never Been So Delicious» Neatorama

Facebook user Kathy Knaus, who — from the information I can glean from her profile — I assume resides in Vienna, Austria, posted this picture to her Facebook photo album entitled "cakes." Knauss commented that every item in the album is one of her culinary creations. One commenter complimented Knauss, telling her how special her children must feel to have a mom capable of such cake coups. Knauss jokingly responded, "Or they will just remember having a mom who liked playing with icing and ... frequently up to her elbows in cake batter." Her time spent "playing" certainly amounts to greatness. This cake is a work of art! Check out Knauss' Facebook album here. Via i09.

13:51 Will Apple Kill Off the Credit Card Like It Did the Compact Disc?» WIRED
Amidst the hype about Apple’s announcements this fall are the reports about its plans to launch a mobile wallet. The prevailing sentiment in the media is what Apple has planned is game-changing and will finally move mobile wallets towards mass adoption. A significant factor in this view is that Apple is actively getting the entrenched […]

13:00 Thumbs Up!» Neatorama

Redditor meancloth is pretty sure everything is fine with the latest ultrasound image. Baby A gives a thumbs up to assure him that conditions are AOK inside. Baby A? Yep, the other baby is fine, too. However, if you’re into counting fingers and toes, Baby A seems to have six on one hand. That could be a sonogram artifact, or a biological bonus. As if twins aren’t already a biological bonus!  

12:34 Signs of Ice Melting Inside the Barðarbunga Caldera in Iceland» WIRED
The biggest development in the ongoing volcanic crisis surrounding Barðarbunga in Iceland was the discovery of a number of depressions in the ice that fills the volcano’s caldera. The four “cauldrons” in the ice are relatively shallow, only 10-15 meters deep but are 1 km across and make a string that spans 4-6 km along the surface of […]

12:30 Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Began at a Funeral» LiveScience.com
An extensive look at the genome of the Ebola virus reveals its behavior, when it arrived in West Africa and how it spread in the region to cause the largest-ever recorded Ebola outbreak.
12:18 White House says technology policy aide Park to take new role» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

U.S. Chief Technology Officer at The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Todd Park testifies on Capitol HillThe White House announced on Thursday that Todd Park, a technology and innovation policy adviser to President Barack Obama, is relocating to California to advise the president on technology from there. Park, who had built a reputation as a successful information technology entrepreneur, was thrust into the public spotlight during the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act in the fall of 2013. While not in charge of the technology behind the flawed web portal that crashed when thousands of Americans tried to sign up for health insurance, he was one of several administration officials summoned to Congress to explain the breakdown. Park's focus in California will be on recruiting skilled technology experts into government roles, the White House said.

12:17 The American Workday, By Profession» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes NPR has created an interesting visualization of workday data from the American Time Survey. It shows what the typical working times are for each profession. You can see some interesting trends, like which professions distribute their work throughout the day (firefighters and police), which professions take their lunch breaks the most seriously (construction), and which professions reverse the typical trends (food service). "Still, Americans work more night and weekend hours than people in other advanced economies, according to Dan Hamermesh and Elena Stancanelli's forthcoming paper (PDF). They found that about 27 percent of Americans have worked between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. at least once a week, compared with 19 percent in the U.K. and 13 percent in Germany."

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12:17 PHP 5.6.0 Released» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes The PHP team has announced the release of PHP 5.6.0. New features include constant scalar expressions, exponentiation using the ** operator, function and constant importing with the use keyword, support for file uploads larger than 2 GB, and phpdbg as an interactive integrated debugger SAPI. The team also notes important changes affecting compatibility. For example: "Array keys won't be overwritten when defining an array as a property of a class via an array literal," json_decode() is now more strict at parsing JSON syntax, and GMP resources are now objects. Here is the migration guide, the full change log, and the downloads page.

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12:11 Supporting a son who wants to wear pink shoes» Boing Boing

Todd, who made an appearance here last year, pondering how to support his little boy who'd been scared off wearing pink; now he's back with the latest chapter in his son's life. Read the rest

11:48 America’s Tech Guru Steps Down—But He’s Not Done Rebooting the Government» WIRED
The White House confirmed today the rumors that Todd Park, the nation’s Chief Technical Officer and the spiritual leader of its effort to reform the way the government uses technology, is leaving his post.
11:48 Are Killer Robots on the Rise?» WIRED
A recent New York Times article warned of the future dangers robots could pose to the humans who work alongside them. The article cited the 33 deaths robots caused in the industrial setting over the past 30 years. While any death is unfortunate, let’s put that number into perspective. In the U.S. alone, there are 80 deaths […]
11:46 No Descendants Are Left from the First Eskimos» LiveScience.com
A new study of human DNA -- and the largest genetics study yet of ancient peoples -- reveals that the Paleo-Eskimos are genetically distinct from both the Neo-Eskimos and modern Native Americans.
11:45 In Photos: Life in the Arctic region of the Americas » LiveScience.com
Life the frigid Arctic is challenging, but humans have populated the region for thousands of years. Now, a new study suggests the first groups of people to live in the Arctic region of the Americas do not have any descendents living today.
11:15 No Picnic Safe: Smart Bears Use Tools» LiveScience.com
A new study may upend some assumptions about bear smarts.
11:12 Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has rolled out directory tiles, the company's advertising experiment for its browser's new tab page, to the Firefox Nightly channel. We installed the latest browser build to give the sponsored ads a test drive. When you first launch Firefox, a message on the new tab page informs you of the following: what tiles are (with a link to a support page about how sponsored tiles work), a promise that the feature abides by the Mozilla Privacy Policy, and a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely and choose to have a blank new tab page. It's quite a lot to take in all at once.

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11:01 You’ve Got Face Mites» WIRED
There are mites living on you right now. YOU. Yes, you.